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Messier 62
Messier 62
Credit: NASA, ESA

M62 (NGC 6266)

Messier 62 (NGC 6266) is a globular cluster located in the constellation Ophiucus, in the Galactic Center of the Milky Way Galaxy in the Local Group of galaxies. M62 is 22,200 light years away from Earth.

M62 is best viewed during mid-summer, is magnitude 6.5, and can be viewed with binoculars. M62 is 15' in apparent size. For reference, the full moon is 30' (arc minutes) in size.

      1. Name:
      1. Type:
      2. globular cluster
      1. NGC or IC:
      2. NGC 6266
      1. Magnitude:
      2. 6.5
      1. Viewing:
      2. binoculars
      1. Size:
      2. 15'
      1. Distance (light years):
      2. 22,200 LY
      1. RA:
      2. 17h 1.2m
      1. Dec:
      2. -30 7'
      1. Season:
      2. mid-summer
      1. Milky Way location:
      2. Galactic Center
      1. Galaxy group:
      2. Local Group

    * The naked eye can see up to magnitude 8 objects under ideal dark sky conditions.